Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: KTM | posted November 10, 2016 14:30
2017 KTM 390 Duke gets new bodywork, refined powertrain
The KTM 390 Duke gets a major facelift and redesign for 2017 after the company revealed the updated motorcycle at the 2016 Esposizione Mondiale del Motociclismo (EICMA) in Milan, Italy. Sporting a SuperDuke-inspired look, along with newly-introduced features and frame, the 390 Duke aims to deliver better riding performance.
Starting with the new technologies, it now has ride-by-wire and a new TFT instrument panel. It even now comes with LED split headlights as standard and a new side-mounted exhaust (pre-facelift model had an underbelly exhaust).
Style-wise, Ducati claimed the 2017 390 Duke takes cues from the Super Duke with its new naked-inspired frame. At heart of the 390 Duke is a 373cc single-cylinder engine that puts out 43 PS at 9500 rpm and 35 Nm at 7250 rpm. To conform with Euro4 emission regulations, KTM installed a new catalytic converter. This, however, added several kg to the 2017 390 Duke as it now weighs in at 149 kg.
Beyond that, the 2017 390 Duke also gets a new WP suspension, along with beefier 320mm front disc brakes. The calipers, on the other hand, are provided by Brembo-developed ByBre.